The Long Beach Unified School District honored nine of its elementary schools recently with STAR Awards for significant gains in student achievement.
This year’s winners are Addams, Alvarado, Burbank, Burnett, Fremont, Lafayette, Longfellow, Madison and Willard elementary schools.
"Congratulations to our STAR schools, which represent a wide variety of geographic areas in our school district," said Jill Baker, assistant superintendent for elementary, middle and K-8 schools. "During a time of great challenges, the teachers, support staff, parents and students at these schools have persevered. We salute their relentless efforts and their amazing accomplishments."
Winning schools were joined by Board of Education members and other school district officials during the awards ceremony at Hill Classical Middle School.
Schools can follow one of two paths to win the STAR Award (Student Success + Terrific Teaching = Academic Results).
Path one includes a state Academic Performance Index (API) of 850 to 950 on a scale of 1,000; API growth; significant Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) growth in English, math or combined; and positive gains in all areas.
Path two includes an API of up to 850; an API growth target that has at least tripled; significant AYP growth in English or math; and positive gains in all areas.